Develop Skills for a Variety of Roles
Prepare yourself for a range of potential jobs and careers in horticulture by studying this broad-based course.
Sometimes people choose very narrow or focused courses of study which could limit the opportunities that are open to them. This course is designed to provide a wide spectrum of skills and knowledge so that students are able to apply what they learn to different tasks and positions.
An extensive LEARNING PROGRAM in HORTICULTURE - Study Online
Learn the skills needed to grow and identify over 1,000 different plants; and build a successful career or business as a professional horticulturist.
Start any time; and study at your own pace.
Relevant to all horticultural sectors in both amenity and production horticulture.
Learn from a team of professionals with decades of experience; in both Australia and the UK. This gives you a very unique and practical education, from people who actually work in the industry, as well as being teachers. Many of our teaching staff still also operate their own successful horticultural businesses.
We've been educating horticulturists across Australia, and around the world, since 1979; and have helped thousands forge a successful business or career in the industry.
Let us help you to be our next success story.
For further details on each of the modules in this course, follow the links in the Modules section below.
Note that each module in the Advanced Certificate in Applied Horticulture is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.
Stage 1 Core Studies
Exemption is granted for this stage to anyone who has the following:
Any Certificate or Advanced Certificate from ACS.
Horticultural studies of 600 hours or more class contact duration from another approved institution (Approved institutions include universities and institutions with a teaching approach that have a strong emphasis upon foundation science and plant knowledge).
Stage II Electives
Other options may be considered, though the above are generally considered the better options for this particular course.
You can design your own learning program with us.
This is a unique and very flexible opportunity that is not offered by many other schools
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WHERE MIGHT THESE STUDIES LEAD YOU?
Horticulture involves “growing plants with a known purpose”. The purpose may be obvious (eg. food, decoration); but it could also be more obscure, such as filtering pollutants from the air, reducing the negative effects of storms, or creating an environment that is friendly to people or animals.
The broad scope of horticulture means that there are many different industry offshoots including, but not limited to:
Landscaping Gardens and other areas
Cut Flower Production
Plant Nursery Production
Garden Centre Retailing
Allied Trades -manufacturing and supplying hardware, equipment, machinery
Providing education, media, consulting or other services
Fruit and Nut production
Growing Vegetables or Herbs
Oil production (cooking oils, perfumes etc)
Fuel crops (bio-fuels)
Soil improvement crops – for production of composts, fertility supplements, etc.
Careers in Horticulture will Always be With Us -but they may change
The world is changing fast; and we know 50% of all jobs today are under threat from new technologies like robotics and computerization. This is evident in all aspects of life, in business, in industry, and in our personal lives. Almost every week we are offered new and more sophisticated technology to help us communicate or to perform common tasks. The horticulture industry too has not been exempt in this evolution; plant propagation, plant care, harvesting techniques, growing systems, the way we care for golf courses and parks and even our approach to home gardening, have all changed dramatically over recent decades. These changes will continue as new techniques and new technologies are formulated and introduced.
For a sustainable career in horticulture, you need to recognise the inevitability of change. You must be able to adapt and excel, embracing and taking advantage of change. To achieve this, your knowledge and skills in horticulture must be broad based. If you understand the fundamental skills needed - across all sectors of horticulture - you will be able to see opportunities as they arise and confidently move from one sector to another, throughout your career. As an example, anyone with underpinning knowledge of plant science and plant cultural practices: plant growth and identification, soil management, pruning and pest control and the associated technologies, will be able to work in landscaping for a few years, then move to turf management or nursery production and later work in crop production.
Sound, broad-based training in the fundamentals of horticulture is a good starting point for entering this industry. However, not all courses on offer will be broad enough or in-depth enough to set you up for a sustainable, lifelong career – so you need to understand the fundamentals required in horticulture (in general) and then choose a diverse course, that enables you to achieve these aims.
WHY STUDY WITH US?
We've been teaching horticulture since 1979 -we've helped tens of thousands around the world. We can help you.
Support from a team of a dozen horticulturists, in three countries including some of the industries leading experts. The principal John Mason is the only person to have been made a fellow by both the Australian Institute of Horticulture, and the UK Institute of Horticulture. Long time tutor, Dr Lyn Morgan is one of the world's leading hydroponic experts. Gavin Cole has worked in landscaping across both Australia and the UK, and was operations manager for one of England's most prestigious landscape companies. Maggi Brown is a life member of Garden Organic in the UK, and one of England's most respected organic gardening experts. Bob James has over 50 years of experience in horticulture as a consultant, local government manager, university lecturer, nurseryman, permaculturist, and more.
Above all; our courses are unique, and they work. They take longer to complete than certificates in some colleges; but our graduates learn more, and because there are lots of choices throughout the course; every graduate will have a different mix of knowledge and skills to everyone else -as well as all of the basics that everyone needs to learn. This uniqueness sets our graduates apart from the crowd, and that gives you an edge on everyone else.
Why Study This Course?
provides a solid foundation in all the key areas of horticulture which are
needed for entry into a broad range of jobs in horticulture. On top of that it
provides insight into higher end horticultural skills.
This course is ideally suited to people working in, or
hoping to work in:
Propagation & nursery work
Conservation & restoration of historical gardens
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